Qualtrics Announces First Quarter 2023 Financial Results
Last updated: April 20, 2023
Qualtrics Announces First Quarter 2023 Financial Results
• Q1 2023 total revenue of $409.8M, up 22% year over year
• Q1 2023 subscription revenue of$339.8M, up 21% year over year
• Total remaining performance obligations of $2,135.1M, up 21% year over year
• Next 12 months remaining performance obligations of $1,206.0M, up 17% year over year
PROVO, Utah and SEATTLE April 20, 2023– Qualtrics (NASDAQ: XM), the leader and creator of the Experience Management (XM) category, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.
First Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights:
• Revenue: Total revenue for the first quarter was $409.8 million, up from $335.6 million one year ago, an increase of 22% year over year. Subscription revenue for the first quarter was $339.8 million, up from $280.8 million one year ago, an increase of 21% year over year.
• Operating Income (Loss) and Margin: First quarter operating loss was $(253.8) million, compared to $(290.5) million one year ago. Non-GAAP operating income (see discussion of non-GAAP operating income and margin measures below) was $21.6 million, compared to non-GAAP operating income of $4.1 million one year ago. For the first quarter, GAAP operating margin was (62)% and non-GAAP operating margin was 5%, compared to GAAP operating margin of (87)% and non-GAAP operating margin of 1% one year ago.
• Net Income (Loss) and Net Income (Loss) Per Share: First quarter net loss was $(259.0) million, or $(0.43) per share, compared to $(292.3) million, or $(0.51) per share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022. Non-GAAP net income (see discussion of the non-GAAP net income measure below) for the first quarter was $14.3 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $3.4 million, or $0.01 per share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
• Cash and Cash Equivalents: Total cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2023 was $806.7 million.
Confirming Status of Definitive Merger Agreement
In March 2023, Qualtrics announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by Silver Lake Partners in partnership with Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) (“Merger”). The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of the requisite regulatory approvals.
Q1 Business Highlights
• Formed new relationships and expanded with global organizations including DISH, LinkedIn, Banco Compartamos, Lumen Technologies, ISS Worldwide, State Employees’ Credit Union, Dairy Queen and PayPal.
• Launched 18 new products and major features, including:
◦ A set of purpose-built applications for the frontline—every physical or digital intersection between a customer and a company—including Customer Journey Optimizer and Digital Experience Analytics
◦ Real-time Brand Intelligence and Research Hub, innovations that leverage the power of Qualtrics’ advanced AI to provide 24/7 insights on how marketing activations are driving customer acquisition and engagement.
• Expanded partnerships with Twilio, Five9 and Merkle to bring Qualtrics experience data and operational data together and extend the power of the XM Platform to drive critical business decisions.
• Hosted X4, the Experience Management Summit, gathering in Salt Lake City more than 10,000 attendees from 52 countries—with 120+ breakout sessions, more than 64 hours of streaming content and business and celebrity speakers including Delta CEO Ed Bastian, Martha Stewart and Malala Yousafzai.
Conference Call and Financial Outlook
Qualtrics will not be holding a conference call or providing a financial outlook due to the company’s pending transaction with Silver Lake Partners in partnership with CPP Investments.
Qualtrics, the leader and creator of the experience management category, is a cloud-native software provider that helps organizations quickly identify and resolve points of friction across all digital and human touchpoints in their business – so they can retain their best customers and employees, protect their revenue, and drive profitability. More than 18,750 organizations around the world use Qualtrics’s advanced AI to listen, understand, and take action. Qualtrics uses its vast universe of experience data to form the largest database of human sentiment in the world. Qualtrics is co-headquartered in Provo, Utah and Seattle, and operates out of 28 offices globally. To learn more, please visit qualtrics.com.
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Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or outcomes to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements are and/or will be included under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Qualtrics’ most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any subsequent public filings. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made and are based on information available to Qualtrics at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Qualtrics assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they were made or otherwise, except as required by law.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial results, which are prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP (“GAAP”), we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, as described below, to understand and evaluate our core operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures, which may be different than similarly-titled measures used by other companies, are presented to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our financial performance and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about our financial performance, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to important metrics used by our management for financial and operational decision-making. We are presenting these non-GAAP measures to assist investors in seeing our financial performance using a management view, and because we believe that these measures provide an additional tool for investors to use in comparing our core financial performance over multiple periods with other companies in our industry. You should consider non-GAAP results alongside other financial performance measures and results presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, in evaluating non-GAAP results, you should be aware that in the future we will incur expenses such as those that are the subject of adjustments in deriving non-GAAP results and you should not infer from our non-GAAP results that our future results will not be affected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items.
Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share, free cash flow, free cash flow margin: We define these non-GAAP financial measures as the respective GAAP measures, excluding equity and cash settled stock-based compensation expenses, including employer payroll tax on employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets, expenses related to the pending Merger transaction, restructuring expenses, acquisition related costs, changes in the fair value of our distribution liability for our tax sharing agreement with SAP, and the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments, as applicable.
We revised our non-GAAP definitions during the current quarter to exclude expenses related to the pending Merger transaction and restructuring expenses. These expenses are believed to be non-recurring and contain factors that are beyond our control and do not correlate with the core operation of our business. The revisions to these definitions had no impact on our reported non-GAAP financial measures for periods prior to the three months ended March 31, 2023.
When evaluating the performance of our business and making operating plans, we do not consider the items excluded from our non-GAAP definitions (for example, when considering the impact of equity award grants, we place a greater emphasis on overall stockholder dilution rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants). We believe it is useful to exclude these items in order to better understand the long-term performance of our core business and to facilitate comparison of our results to those of peer companies and over multiple periods.
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 Remaining performance obligations represent all contracted future revenue that has not yet been recognized, including both deferred revenue and non-cancelable contracted amounts that will be invoiced and recognized as revenue in future periods.
(1) Our stock-based compensation expense reflects the recognition of both equity-classified awards and liability-classified awards. Liability-classified awards are settled in cash in accordance with SAP’s employee equity compensation programs. Liability-classified awards are recorded according to mark-to-market accounting. On January 28, 2021, the Company completed a voluntary exchange offer pursuant to which 5.4 million cash-settled legacy restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit (RSU) awards, and options (together, Qualtrics Rights) and 1.3 million cash-settled SAP RSU awards were exchanged into 12.8 million equity-settled Qualtrics RSU awards, representing 93% of the outstanding Qualtrics Rights and SAP RSU awards. On September 13, 2021, the Company completed an additional voluntary exchange offer for certain employees in Australia who were not eligible for the January 28, 2021 exchange, pursuant to which less than 0.1 million cash-settled Qualtrics Rights and SAP RSU awards were exchanged and modified into equity-settled Qualtrics RSU awards.
(2) During the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, employer payroll tax on employee stock transactions reported in cost of revenue was $0.6 million and $0.7 million, respectively, and employer payroll tax reported in operating expenses was $6.1 million and $11.3 million, respectively. The amount of employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions is dependent on our stock price and other factors that are beyond our control and do not correlate with the operation of the business. When evaluating the performance of our business and making operating plans, we do not consider these items (for example, when considering the impact of equity award grants, we place a greater emphasis on overall stockholder dilution rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants). We believe it is useful to exclude these expenses in order to better understand the long-term performance of our core business and to facilitate comparison of our results to those of peer companies and over multiple periods.